The Subaru Legacy will get an updated look for the 2018 model year. Although it won't be a complete redesign, the slow-selling midsize car will gain new connectivity features and sharper looks akin to the recently overhauled Impreza.
The car's front end benefits from a sportier look thanks to a wider grille and revised headlights. New, more dramatic daytime running lights will present a more premium look in everyday driving. Around back, Subaru has updated the tailpipe to integrate smoothly into the shape of the bumper.
Inside the cabin, drivers will enjoy a quieter ride thanks to an updated suspension system and new acoustic windshield. The effort to make the car quieter even extends to the transmission, which will use components that produce less noise.
Passengers may appreciate a revamped interior with premium-feeling materials and a redesigned center console with available 8-inch touchscreen. Another notable improvement is the automaker's latest STARLINK infotainment system with support for both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Underneath its hood, the Legacy will continue to sport a 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine making 175 hp mated to a CVT transmission. The available 3.6R variant uses a more powerful 6-cylinder rated at 256 hp. For 2018, Subaru says it has re-tuned the CVT programming to provide smoother acceleration.
In terms of safety, the Legacy will continue to benefit from the full range of driver assistance technology with the EyeSight package. The option includes features like adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning with lane-keeping assist, a pre-collision system with automatic emergency braking and more. For 2018, the Legacy also gains adaptive headlights that turn in response to steering inputs.
Expect a full review closer to launch.